Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 Review
Kaspersky continues to produce quality security software that is highly rated at independent IT security companies as well as users for ease of use and performance at detecting and removing malware and general computer security.
Ease of Use, Performance: 4/5
Look & Feel: 5/5
How much I enjoy: 5/5
Recommendation: 5/5 Stars
Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 is the latest Kaspersky security software suite that includes antivirus and other malware detection and removal. Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 includes financial protection, firewall, parental controls and other high end features for security of your computer and online activities.
Kaspersky has taken the industry idea of just updating the same general program interface with the same name with year indications added for reference by reviewers when referring to the programs design date. Antivirus and malware companies have started to just update their programs without major changes to the menus and themes.
Just updating the program and changing smaller things makes sense when you consider they have to continually update the program just to keep up with attacks. Kaspersky and other computer security companies need to update their programs on a regular basis just to combat new malware that are coming out almost daily.
Checking my Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 logs I found three or four updates everyday so the program itself and the company behind it are continually working behind the scenes to protect your computer. Kaspersky has a great reputation and the hard work behind the scenes with their virus and malware detection and removal shows in independent testing.
Kaspersky Internet Security for 2014 has a lot of great features and its ease of use is pretty straight forward but there is always help form the company if needed. Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 has a simple user interface and the continued use of the same one means you will be familiar from version to version.
Internet Security and stopping or detecting attacks like viruses, spam mail, spyware and other malware is not easy but Kaspersky has been doing it for years. Kaspersky rates very high at review sites like Top Ten Reviews or as PCMag.com puts it ”a good choice for protection”.
A good choice for protection is not the free programs that come with Windows namely Windows Defender and in my own little test Windows Defender failed. I tried to download known viruses from Eicar.com and Kaspersky did not even let me open the download file or do anything on the site because it detected bad things before I could do anything.
A large red box opens and I can’t do or see anything on the page once Kaspersky’s program sees it is a virus file, even if it is just a text file. Windows Defender allowed me to download and open all four test files at Eicar.com while Kaspersky did not let me do anything with the site.
AV-Test also checked out and tested Windows Defender against 22 other programs and with Windows Defender ranking 23rd or last place for defending a computer against malware. Windows Defender detected malware in their tests 79 percent of the time while 21 other programs detected 85 percent and higher.
In this same test Kaspersky caught 100 percent of the bad things AV-Test threw at it which was also copied by two other security software programs. Kaspersky has tested very well in all the reviews and antivirus testing I could find as well as my own tests but I prefer to rely on the experts at independent testing companies for the better results like AV-Test.com.
Installation and making sure the program is up to date is fast and only takes a few minutes, it is important to allow the program, to update after installing. Updates are the most current attacks that have been found so updating the program and allowing it to update automatically is vital to finding new malware.
The first full scan you run may take a while and you should allow the computer to check all drives on your computers and network to ensure full protection. You should also familiarize yourself with program features and Kaspersky makes this easy with help on their site as well as forums for questions.
Using the program for main features and at its default settings works very well and even for online gaming I did not have to make any setting changes. One constant feature is approval for installing programs and a few times Kaspersky did ask me for approval to install some programs or drivers.
Most programs such as Adobe and Microsoft software are already listed as safe at Kaspersky so only smaller program companies may receive a warning about potentially insecure software. Other protection like spam filtering works well and I only received a few false positives with wanted mail going to the junk.
Other security features like the firewall block unwanted intrusion with both incoming and outgoing filters while Safe Money features protect your financial transactions. Safe Money helps to secure financial sites and purchases but you should use the virtual keyboard if you want to ensure no one is using a key logger to copy your information.
I found that the Safe Money does secure sites some but even this is not foolproof so you should use a virtual keyboard which fully hides any keystrokes while entering passwords and usernames. Safe Money works well to help secure information but you need to learn how to use it correctly and in possibly unsecure environments like internet cafe’s you need to use all the security features.
Like many other features if you go beyond the default settings you need to find out how things work but if you can’t find those answers help is available using email, chat or phone calls. Kaspersky has plenty of help starting with a virtual chat using knowledge based answers and continued with chat, email and telephone help from live people.
Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 has a lot of features that work well and even if you do have problems the company does stand behind their product with support and help when you need it. I continue to recommend Kaspersky products with Kaspersky Internet Security being a fantastic security suite that has plenty of features needed for computer safety and security.
Top security scores form independent testing
Easy malware removal
Top firewall blocks traffic
Parental control is easy to use
Safe Money works well with added security for finances
Lots of features may require some homework